The group Missing Link was founded in 1970 by Angela Hareiter, Otto Kapfinger and Adolf Krischanitz as a so-called “work group”. Back then, all three artists were students at the Technical University of Vienna.
Chronologically and historically, the group is embedded into a Viennese experimental architecture movement that formed during the 1960s and included well-known architects such as Hans Hollein, Haus-Rucker-Co and COOP Himmelblau.
A unifying and significant feature of the group members’ generation of young architects was the desire for construction opportunities that could reflect post-war conditions by realizing new ideas and concepts. This desire became the basis for a particular “Viennese synthesis” including various contemporary architecture styles such as American pop culture or theoretical approaches.
The group communicated their ideas of space and architecture in public space – a challenge for social habits that were omnipresent in the static architecture of Vienna that was built during the 19th century. They created a number of behavioristic, futurist and pop cultural approaches that contained pneumatic architecture, performances and theorist manifests.